Saturday, October 21, 2017

MOTORPSYCHO: The Tower
YES!!!
The title here has double significance; "The Tower" is not only one of the best rock albums I've heard in a long time, but it seems to be heavily influenced by 1970's Yes.  I saw a comment left by a YouTube viewer of the tune "Every Dream Home" that said "Problem is that after listening motoropsycho, hardly any other rock band matters that much anymore." I remember when I first heard Yes' "Fragile" album, (it was a 1972 album but I heard it first sometime in the '80's). A few of the tunes really grabbed me because they were so much more complex than what I had been listening to, yet still heavy in a unique kind of way (Roundabout, South Side Of The Sky, and of course Heart Of The Sunrise). I started to play the album to death, to the point where I came to love every tune on the album and recognize the musical genius that Fragile represented. As far as other rock bands not mattering any more, complexity is definitely not everything. To this day I have not grown out of my love and appreciation for all the other heavy music that I was listening to; great music comes in lots of forms.

Back to the topic at hand though.  "The Tower" will likely go down as one of Motorpsycho's best releases, and that's saying a lot.  Here is "In Every Dream Home (There's A Dream Of Something Else)":
And here's the lead and title track, "The Tower":

Motorpsycho are from Trondheim, Norway and have been making great music for the better part of 30 years (formed in 1989).  They are:

Bent Sæther: lead vocalsbassguitarskeyboardsdrums
Hans Magnus “Snah” Ryanlead: guitars, vocals, keyboards, mandolinviolin, bass
Tomas Järmyr: drums


"The Tower" brings 85 minutes of some really different and creative rock.  You can purchase or check more out here.  Until next time! 
-ULTRA

Friday, October 20, 2017


STONER ROCK #13 (Playlist)

Relatively obscure tunes but well worth your time.   Starts off largely instrumental for a few tunes and then transitions nicely into some vocals.  Hope you enjoy


 Check back for a new album review before the weekend's over.
-ULTRA OUT-

Saturday, October 14, 2017

RUBY THE HATCHET:
Planetary Space Child

Hits The Spot
Philadelphia's Ruby The Hatchet are hard to categorize, but it comes close to the truth to say that they are like Electric Citizen mixed with a bit of Emerson Lake and Palmer.  Planetary Space Child really delivers on every tune, and moves into the stratosphere of 2017 releases.  Very thoughtful songwriting, with good variety and great musicianship make this a winner.  
Not sure I have a single favorite yet, but here are a couple of candidates:

Here's "Killer."  Stick with this one and you'll see.


And here's the epic "Symphony Of The Night."  There's a Blue Oyster Cult type of vibe going on here and I love it.  

Jillian Taylor: Vocals 
Johnny Scarps: Guitar 
Lake Muir: Bass 
Owen Stewart: Drums 
Sean Hur: Organ

Planetary Space Child was released on August 25, and can be found here on Bandcamp.
That's all for now, will check in next weekend.
-ULTRA

Sunday, October 8, 2017


STONER ROCK #12 (Playlist)

This one has the best flow, cover to cover, of all my posted playlists to date.  Heavy dose of Neil Fallon here (3 tunes) and lots more.  Turn it up...

 Make sure to check out my review of Spaceslug's latest release, below!
-ULTRA OUT-

Saturday, October 7, 2017

SPACESLUG:
Mountains & Reminiscence

Niesamowite
According to the good old interweb, this is a Polish word which roughly translates to "stunning".  I reported on Spaceslug's February release entitled "Time Travel Dilemma", and have still not stopped listening to it.  Then in September they released another masterpiece.  The tunes in "Mountains & Reminiscence" are dripping with atmosphere, and they engulf you immediately and completely with their smooth, heavy vibe.  The songwriting, musicianship and production quality are all as good as it gets, and the three sets of vocal chords increases the distinctiveness of Spaceslug's sound.

Check out "Ephemeral":


And now "Space Sabbath", sure to be a lot of peoples' favorite on this release 


Mountains and Reminiscence clocks in at just under a half an hour.  The middle three tracks are unreleased material form the Time Travel Dilemma recording sessions, and tracks one and five were recorded this past summer.  At five bucks, it's a dollar per song, but I will be getting years of enjoyment from them.  
I kind of view "Mountains & Reminiscence" and "Time Travel Dilemma" as one big super-release that is definitely one of the best of the year, and may very well end up among my all-time favorites.


Spaceslug are from Wroclaw, Poland and were formed in June of 2015.  They are:
Bartosz Janik - guitars/backing vocals 
Jan Rutka - bass/vocals 
Kamil Ziółkowski - drums/main vocals 


You can listen to or purchase "Mountains & Reminiscence" here on Bandcamp.
Until next time

-ULTRA




Saturday, September 30, 2017


STONER ROCK #11 (Playlist)

Some obscure tunes here, but all stoner rock classics in my book.  Hope you enjoy!
(Volume is your friend) 

No album review this weekend, but will make up for it next weekend.
Rock On
-ULTRA-

Saturday, September 23, 2017


STONER ROCK #1 (Playlist)

Going back to Playlist #1, which I failed to post for some reason.  Will resume numerical order with #11 next time.  Here was my first, containing double-shots of Snail, Farflung, Solace and Nightstalker: 

Rock On
-ULTRA-

MEPHISTOFELES: ( ( ( I ' M  H E R O I N ) ) )

Argentinian Kids Set The Standard For Psychedelic Doom

In one year this band has turned the corner and gone from "up and comers" to full-on kingpins.  This is as good a doom album as you could own.  Heavy and trippy at the same time, with a perfect old-school sound and all around great musicianship.  The songwriting on "I'm Heroin" creates an evolving mood that stays fresh and avoids the feeling of repetitiousness that sometimes showed up on last year's release.  This is track #6, "Addicted To Satan", simply awesome:

Gabriel has added a Tim Sult sound to his bag of tricks, and it works really well with the band's material.  Here is the tune "Heroin".  It's got an early Electric Wizard feel at first, and you'll hear what I mean about the Tim Sult sound as the tune progresses:
"(((I'M HEROIN)))" is sure to show up on a ton of top ten lists at the end of the year.  Pick it up here for a mere $6.66:

Mephistofeles is:

Ismael Dimenza .bass 
Gabriel Ravera. guitar&vocals 
Iván Sacharczuk. drums 


and supposedly quite the guest star:
"Anton LaVey. calliope at track 6(66)"

2017 is pumping out epic stoner rock like nobody's business, and we still have a quarter of the year left to go. Back next weekend with more stuff to share.  Over and out
-ULTRA